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FreeDesigndom 2008

Holland's inaugural FreeDesigndon was a month long design celebration complete with debate, exhibitions and exciting urban interventions. There was fashion, high-tech, the best new graduates, and the stars of high design - something for everyone. In case you missed it, or to tide you over until next year, we have selected interviews, and reviews of some of the top events. Enjoy.


The Sunday Adventure Club video

The Sunday Adventure Club video

Design.nl's last video from FreeDesigndom is up. This time we wander around Amsterdam's Sunday Adventure Club events to see how public space designers managed to create thrilling and intereactive work for the public...

The Power of Beauty

The Power of Beauty

A graffiti gang, a beauty parlour, and an old man with his newspaper. How one public space designer created a community that made everyone feel at home.

Playing Outside the Rules with the Sunday Adventure Club

Playing Outside the Rules with the Sunday Adventure Club

"We don't encourage breaking the law," says Sunday Adventure Club co-curator Gerda Zijlstra, "But if you are too careful, nothing will ever happen.”

A retrospective of what the Dutch delivered this year in Milan

A retrospective of what the Dutch delivered this year in Milan

The Via Milano New Dutch Design exhibition was more about details and pushing materals to the limits than concepts this year.  But there was also a good sense of dry Dutch humour and some inventiveness that all bodes...

Rethinking the Predictable Hotel Room

Rethinking the Predictable Hotel Room

Maaike Roozenburg and Scholten & Baijings - two of the stand out performances at Inside Design Amsterdam’s Lloyd Hotel project.

The Graduates Win for their Innovation and Daring

The Graduates Win for their Innovation and Daring

Lots of hits and a few misses at this year's Inside Design Amsterdam, but it is the graduates who have the best ideas.

Streetlab Takes Its Anti-Elitist Agenda to The Bijlmer

Streetlab Takes Its Anti-Elitist Agenda to The Bijlmer

This year Steetlab experimented with a move to the suburbs in a bid to smash the snobbery that many street designers think dominates fashion shows.

A Fashion Peep Show in a town with lots of experience in titillating the senses

A Fashion Peep Show in a town with lots of experience in titillating the senses

Prostitutes and fashion designers: “They have more in common than you might think," says Mariette Hoitink, the initiator of Redlight Fashion.

Are design rules really so ridiculous?

Are design rules really so ridiculous?

Who says less is more or that fashion is designed to go out of fashion? Are the lads at Ridiculous Design Rules failing to see the genius behind the best objects and spaces, or have they got a point?

In case you missed any of the events we have video interviews and footage of some of the best of FreeDesigndom

In case you missed any of the events we have video interviews and footage of some of the best of FreeDesigndom

Travel direct to the design floor to see the action and hear some of Holland's emerging new stars and established talents explain their work.

Amsterdam police sweep away art work

Amsterdam police sweep away art work

Early last Sunday morning, Amsterdam police removed the piece Stefan Sagmeister designed for Urban Play. It was one of the most celebrated installations of the event, which is part of the ExperimentaDesign biennale.

New videos up now from your favourite FreeDesigndom events

New videos up now from your favourite FreeDesigndom events

New videos direct from Redlight Fashion Amsterdam and Streetlab, two of FreeDesigndom's most popular events.

maHKU graduates prove that youth still rules when it comes to brilliant ideas

maHKU graduates prove that youth still rules when it comes to brilliant ideas

Helen Gras sits down to discuss the mental manoeuvrings that drive fashion.  She describes her fascinating presenatation for DARE #3 about how women want to belong but want to be different and how fashion...

How design just got more political ... and this is just the beginning

How design just got more political ... and this is just the beginning

Adam Greenfield is an anarchist, a humanist and a futurist. At this year's Picnic event he delved into the complicated issues surrounding design and ubiquitous cities. Afterwards he sat down with design.nl to...

Cyril Duval gets inspired by poodles, Rem Koolhaas and Louis Vuitton

Cyril Duval gets inspired by poodles, Rem Koolhaas and Louis Vuitton

French cultural DJ, Cyril Duval treated an Amsterdam audience to a morning of images and ideas during his “Beauty (For Duty) Pageant” during ExperimentaDesign.

Power to the people.  And they love it.

Power to the people. And they love it.

Despite a remarkably stupid intervention by the Amsterdam police, Urban Play proves to be the hit event of this year’s ExperimentaDesign.  Curator Scott Burnham sees the success as part of the city’s unique poetry...

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